It is very important to not try to fight rain and water when you live in the tropics, it is better to work with it and divert it to somewhere it will want to go (downhill). When we first started working on the house, every heavy downpour we had was accompanied by about 30 little streams starting at the top of the hill and ending either bouncing off of the house or in giant puddles in our 4×4 only driveway.
Slowly but surely we have been working on diverting the water away from the house and off of the driveway to one of the streams that flanks both sides of our property. We excavated the front yard, scraped the sides of the hill, put in rain gutters and last week we finished our water diversion efforts by building a drain at the bottom of our driveway to divert all of the water off the side of the property.
Like pretty much EVERY project I have done at this house, I figured it would be an easy 1, 2, 3 project that wouldn’t cost too much. I should have known better. Everything costs more than we think it is going to and even the most mellow tasks turn difficult when working in the Caribbean sun.
Regardless of the difficulty and cost, water diversion is important so Jerry and I busted out a drain last week in 3 days. We dug the ditch, built the forms, bent the rebarb, installed the rebarb, mixed and poured the concrete and then cut and welded the grate to go over the drain. It wasn’t easy work, but we’ve done much harder work and now it is done.
I took some pictures of the work, check ‘em out: